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“It went really, really well,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said of Owens’ visit. “We both felt we would have been a real good match had it worked that way. I wouldn’t think that the door is closed but it’s going to make it harder now.”
Bratkowski spoke after the team signed free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant to a $28 million deal.
Owens is regarded as the top unsigned unrestricted free agent, but the Bengals are the only team to have him in for a visit. According to Pro Football Talk, the Raiders have expressed some interest. Miami, who also needs receiving help, also remains an outside possibility.
However, it’s likely that T.O.’s destination might not be known until a team makes a move on Denver’s Brandon Marshall or after the draft, when teams will look to fill key needs.
Owens said Tuesday that he feels like he still has two or three years left, but will a team offer him a multi-year deal, and more importantly, for how much? He earned $6.5 million in Buffalo last year.
Another person who would like to have both Bryant and Owens is quarterback Carson Palmer.
“It’s obviously a longshot but I see no reason not to continue to pursue T.O.,” Palmer said.